Special focus on issues facing women in developing countries
Supporting women in their role in fisheries crime law enforcement
The LE Femmes Network
was established based on the need expressed by women law enforcement officers at the 6th INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group (FCWG) meeting in October 2017 to enhance the role of women in fisheries crime law enforcement.
The Network was formalised on 23 April 2018 by representatives from Senegal and Norway, along with representatives of the INTERPOL General Secretariat, the North Atlantic Fisheries Intelligence Group, the PescaDOLUS Network, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
The network’s objectives are to enhance the role of women in fisheries crime law enforcement, with a particular focus on the needs of women in developing countries, by:
Assessing women in fisheries crime law enforcement’s needs
Mentoring women in fisheries crime law enforcement
Building capacity of women in fisheries crime law enforcement
Raising awareness of gender in fisheries crime law enforcement’s needs
Promoting and facilitating female researchers and professional development
Building partnerships to coordinate and cooperate with organisations with similar aims and objectives
The LE Femmes Network is engaged in a programme of seminars, workshops and events to promote understanding and action around the role of women in fisheries crime enforcement.
First LE Femmes seminar and Network launch
The first LE Femmes Network Seminar took place as part of a luncheon launch of the Network’s on 17 October 2018 at the UN City in Copenhagen at the start of the 4th International Symposium on Fisheries Crime (FishCRIME 2018). The seminar identified potential key themes to enhance gender perspectives in fisheries crime law enforcement. The LE Femmes Network was also officially launched at the Seminar.